Mark Cullinane graduated with a first class honours degree in Social Science in 2009 from University College Cork and is currently a PhD candidate completing a doctoral degree in Social Science in the School of Sociology and Philosophy in UCC. His principal research interests include normative theories of journalism and how different models of media organisation conceptualise audience and public roles in ways that reflect varied understandings of their place in the public sphere. His doctoral thesis, funded by the Irish Research Council, explores the topic of public service broadcasting in Ireland and what its discursive and organisational interventions in recent economic, social, political and democratic crises reveal about its broader role in political role in Irish life.
Mark enjoys working on a one to one basis in different settings assisting individuals in reaching their goals, having worked as an adult literacy tutor and as a caseworker in a homeless organisation helping people in their efforts to secure housing. Mark has additionally lectured and tutored in media sociology in UCC.